By Dan Rankin
Winter wonderlands are still weeks away (we hope), but until then, there’s an autumn wonderland to check out right around the corner at McCully’s Hill Farm, where their annual Fall Harvest Festival continues for the next three weekends until the day after Halloween.
Some of the activities being offered this year include regular returning attractions such as the corn maze, the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin catapult, a pedal tractor pull, face painting, kids crafts, the barrel train, and sand mountain, while new this year for the fall are wagon rides through the woods. And, of course, the farm market is open, offering a wide range of local maple products, meat, preserves honey, baked goods, local produce including pumpkins, and more.
This Sunday at 1:30 pm, the Little Falls Public School students who took part in the McCully’s pumpkin growing competition will have their giant gourds weighed, and gift bags will be given out.
“They grew Atlantic Giant pumpkins,” said McCully’s co-owner Dennis Aarts. “They’re the world’s largest pumpkins and can grow to over 1,500 pounds if you’re an expert grower.” People can also sign up and get seeds for nest year’s competition Sunday.
The whole family is invited out for Festival days on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Harvest Festival Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission $6 per person, or $5 per person for families of four or more. Children under two years old are free.
All day on Nov. 1, people can bring their used Jack o’ Lanterns to McCully’s to be launched in the pumpkin catapult. Aarts asked for participants to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the benefit of the local food bank.
McCully’s is located east of St. Marys at 4074 County Road 9. For more information, call the farm at 519-284-2564.